Bars & Pubs

The Best Happy Hours In Melbourne’s CBD

By Millie Lester - 22 May 2018


Let’s not beat around the bush. You didn’t come here for ritzy cocktails that look like they were taken straight from Level 3 of the NGV. You came here to find a bloody cheap pint so when your mates come to town and it’s your turn to shout a round, you won’t be eating Weetbix for a week afterwards to make rent. We get it. 

So, here are the CBD’s best happy hours for Melbourne’s biggest tight asses.


530 Little Bourke St

This modern Vietnamese eatery isn’t your usual watering hole, but for three bucks a beer it could be. Nice one Banoi

Happy Hours

Monday - Friday

4-5pm: $4 bottled beer, cider, house wine
5-6pm: $5 bottled beer, cider, house wine
6-7pm: $6 bottled beer, cider, house wine
$6 house spirits (set price)
$6 snacks (set price)

Burger Boys

32 Church Lane

Housed inside one of our favourite CBD Bars, Saving Grace, Burger Boys is a cracking option for cheap Spritz and great burgs. Loving those Furphy specials...

Happy Hours

Monday - Friday

4-7pm: $8 Furphy pints | $10 Aperol Spritz

The Moat

176 Little Lonsdale Street

Ever been to The State Library? Ok, but have you ever been UNDER The State Library? If so, you’d know there’s a bar there in the basement called The Moat. Very bookish, very cheap booze. 

Happy Hours

Monday - Friday

4:30-6pm: $5 house wines | $12 featured cocktails


5-6:30pm: $5 house wines | $12 featured cocktails

Brooklyn Depot

Shop 4/399 Lonsdale Street

In case one burger bar isn’t enough to wet your cheap whistle, Brooklyn Depot could be for you. You'll find them next to A25 Pizza on Lonsdale St. 

Happy Hours


5-7pm: $5 schooners | $5 house wine & sparkling | $20 2-for-1 espresso martinis


12-6pm: $20 beer & cider buckets

New Guernica

Level 2, 318 Little Collins Street

Looking to hit the d-floor with a cheap pint in hand? Head on over to New Guernica. Their Friday night HH feature 2-for-1 spirits. 

Happy Hours


10pm-Midnight: $2.50 pots & $5 pints of Keeper’s Lager
10pm-5am: $6 basics


4-8pm: 2-for-1 spirits, Keeper’s Lager pints & house wine | $10 beer jugs
4-10pm: $15 sangria jugs | $25 cocktail jugs

European Bier Cafe

120 Exhibition Street

Branch out from the Melbourne Bitter with a trip to Melbourne’s resident beer library, the European Bier Cafe. Not to be confused with the Belgian Beer Cafe. That's in Southbank. 

Happy Hours


5-7pm: $4.50 300ml beers | $9 500ml beers | $6 house wine/sparkling | $7 basic spirits
5pm-1am: 1/2 price tap beer

Tuesday – Thursday & Sunday

5-7pm: $4.50 300ml beers | $9 500ml beers | $6 house wine/sparkling | $7 basic spirits


5-9pm: $4.50 300ml beers | $9 500ml beers | $6 house wine/sparkling | $7 basic spirits

Munich Brauhaus

45 South Wharf Promenade 

Grab a stein and toast the end of another working day—the guys at Munich Brauhaus are running $5 beer, wine and basics between 4pm and 7pm every damn day. Did we mention the $1 chicken wings? 

Happy Hours

Every Bloody Day

4pm-7pm: $5 beer, house wine and basic spirits | $1 chicken wings 

Burger Project

260 Collins St

Burger Project is chef Neil Perry's...err, burger project. Chef'd up delicious burgers using A-Grade Aussie ingredients. And the happy hour ain't too shabby either...

Happy Hours

Monday – Friday

3pm-6pm: $5 beer, wine and cider

Red Spice QV

37 Artemis Lane

After a side of brilliant city views with your hearty main of cheap beers? It's gotta be Red Spice in QV. Two bao + a beer on Mondays is too good to beat. 

Happy Hours


5-7pm: $10 for 2x bao & beer | $5 bottled Tiger Beer & selected wines | $12 espresso martinis & lychee martinis


12-3pm & 6-10pm: 2-for-1 cocktails | BYO wine


55 Elizabeth Street

Cheap drinks might be your biggest priority, but if comfort follows suit on your list of bar criteria, then head to this underground hotspot. Fiftyfive has some v. comfy couches.

Happy Hours


6pm-1am: $3 select craft beer pots & $6 select craft beer pints

Tuesday - Thursday

5-7pm: $7 Mood Dog Lager Pints | $8 Moon Dog Pale Ale & Pink Lady Cider pints

Friday & Saturday

5-7pm: $13 espresso martinis

The Carlton Club

193 Bourke Street

Get yourself a hefty dose of unique interiors and colourful rooftops with our favourite CBD watering hole. There's a reason all nights end up at The Carlton...

Happy Hours

Wednesday & Thursday

8pm-2am: $12 espresso martinis | $5 Sample Brew 3/4 IPA cans | $5 house wine/sparkling


4-7pm: $12 espresso martinis & frozen margaritas | $5 house wine/sparkling | $8 Furphy pints

Father’s Office

249 Little Lonsdale Street

Everyone’s favourite after-work YoPro bar is also home to some of Melbourne’s best drink specials. Just duck out of work early if you can. Father's Office gets rammed by 5:30pm. 

Happy Hours

Monday – Wednesday & Friday – Saturday

5-7pm: $6 bottled beer | $5 house wine | $7 basic spirits
8-10pm: $6 bottled beer | $5 house wine | $7 basic spirits


5-7pm: $1 French sparkling | $6 bottled beer | $5 house wine | $7 basic spirits | 2-for-1 cocktails
8-10pm: $6 bottled beer | $5 house wine | $7 basic spirits


11am-Midnight: $5 schooners & house wine | $6 bottled beer | $7 basic spirits | $12 selected cocktails

El Coco

550 Little Collins Street

Not only does El Coco have ripper drinks specials, but it also boasts table tennis, giant Jenga and a bundle of board games. Highly underrated. 

Happy Hours

Monday – Friday

5-6pm: $5 tap beer schooners, house wine & basic spirits
6-7pm: $6 tap beer schooners, house wine & basic spirits
7-8pm: $7 tap beer schooners, house wine & basic spirits
12-5pm: $12 beer jugs

Image credit: Annika Kafcaloudis 

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